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Authorities in Egypt's Beheira governorate have arrested a new suspect in relation to the capsizing of a boat filled with illegal migrants last summer. Over 200 people died in the tragedy.

Last September, a migrant boat carrying an estimated 450 people capsized near the coastal city of Rosetta, killing at least 203 people. The boat, which was heading to Italy and was carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants.


The arrested individual - a fisherman - has admitted committing fraud against the boat passengers. He will be referred to prosecutors for questioning.

After heavy jail sentences, a court in Beheira handed in March initial jail sentences ranging from two to 13 years to 56 people charged in relation to the incident. The convicted were found guilty of charges including manslaughter, negligence and endangering lives.

A growing number of migrants have, in recent years, tried to cross to Italy in perilous sea journeys from the African coasts of Libya and Egypt. Crossings are organised by migrant traffickers in rickety boats that often capsize, leading to many deaths, according to website al Ahram.

In November, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi approved a new law aimed at curbing irregular migration and cracking down on human smuggling.
 

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